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Cavs Corner: Friday-Night Hoops Games Will Have a Big Impact

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach 
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It is time to get excited! Friday night’s basketball games in Kirby Gym will have a major impact on our conference and state standings as the Ravens of Ravenscroft come to town. It will be Middle School Night at the CavDome, and we hope to see not only our Middle School families, but also the entire DA community in the gym supporting our student-athletes! The boys basketball team is 22–3 and continues to have a record-breaking season after a 4–0 week. The girls hoops team split four games in the past week, and the swim team had a successful Senior Day meet with wins over Greensboro Day.




The DA swim program hosted its lone meet of the year on Jan. 17 at Campus Hills. Honoring seniors Haley Leversedge, Nathan Dalva-Baird and Jasper Wolf, the Cavaliers took wins over Greensboro Day in both the boys and girls competitions. In the boys 100–70 win over the Bengals, ninth-graders Stewart Roessler and Alfred Honore each won four events. Roessler won the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke, while Honore took first in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. These two, along with Dalva-Baird, combined with eighth-grader Brodie Mason to win the 200 medley relay and ninth-grader Lars Oehler to win the 400 freestyle relay.  Wolf had a strong performance on Senior Day by taking second in the 200 freestyle relay, second in the 100 freestyle and third place in both the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle.

On the girls side, a tight 89–81 win over the Bengals was keyed by one first-place finish and two second-place finishes from Leversedge, as well as two firsts and a second from sophomore Quinn Shanahan. Leversedge won the 100 butterfly, while Shanahan won the 500 freestyle and was part of the winning 200 freestyle relay team. Eighth-grader Spencer Jennings had two second-place finishes in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Both boys and girls swim teams will be back in the pool this afternoon when they travel to North Raleigh Christian to swim against Wake Christian and the host Knights.



Girls Basketball

The varsity girls basketball team had a 2–2 week that started with wins over both Trinity School and Wake Christian late last week and ended with Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference losses to North Raleigh Christian on Tuesday and Saint Mary’s on Wednesday. The Cavaliers are 9–10 and 1–4 in conference play heading into tomorrow night’s contest with Ravenscroft. It was the Davis and Drury show last week, as both eighth-grader Joelle Davis and senior Jenny Drury scored in double figures in the wins over the Lions and Bulldogs. In Thursday’s 54–39 win over Trinity, Davis had 18 points and eight rebounds, while Drury had 16 points and nine boards. These two guards combined to shoot 8–16 from 3-point range. Junior Claire Middleton added 9 points and nine boards.

In Raleigh on Friday, Davis had 19 points and eight rebounds while Drury scored 15 points and pulled down six boards as the Cavs defeated Wake Christian 47–35. In Tuesday’s 57–41 home loss to league leader North Raleigh Christian, the Cavs hung with the Knights for a half before NRCA pulled away in the second half. Davis led the Cavs with 14 points, while Imani Spence had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.  Middleton added 8 points and 12 boards. Finally, the Cavs dropped a 43–27 contest in Raleigh to Saint Mary’s. An 18–2 third-period advantage took a 1-point Saints lead and expanded it to 17 heading into the fourth quarter. Spence and sophomore Amelia Kass each had 8 points and five boards for the Cavs.

Boys Basketball

The varsity boys basketball team heads into Friday night’s showdown vs. Ravenscroft with a 22–3 record, the second-best record through 25 games in program history. The Cavs completed a 4–0 week that started with a tough 66–52 victory over a ranked team from Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill and ended with Wednesday’s 99–52 victory over Warren County High School. Sophomore Cole Sinclair has averaged close to 20 points over his last eight games and has been red hot from 3-point range, shooting better than 50 percent during that span. While Sinclair has been the leading scorer for DA over the past three games, it was senior Bryant Randleman who stole the show in the Jan. 17 win over the Trinity Lions. Randleman notched season highs of 29 points and 11 rebounds, as his dominant performance powered the Cavs over a then-14–2 Trinity team ranked three spots ahead of DA in the HighSchoolOT poll.

The very next night, DA went on the road against an always-tough Wake Christian team in conference play. Sinclair had 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals to lead the Cavs. It was his 11 third-period points that keyed a 15–2 run to put the game out of reach. Randleman flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while senior Michael Savarino chipped in 12 points. The Cavaliers defeated North Raleigh Christian 77–40 on Tuesday night in Kirby Gym. Sinclair scored all of his game-high 22 points in the first half, hitting eight of his first nine shots from the field, including six 3-pointers. DA scored the first eight points of each half and ran away from the Knights. Sophomore Toby Harris added 12 points and six rebounds. Finally, the Cavs came oh so close to hitting the 100-point mark in Wednesday night’s win over Warren County. While the official Senior Night is still two weeks away, Wednesday’s performance by our four seniors was the storyline. Randleman had 16 points, five rebounds and six assists; Savarino, Henry Rogers and Jasiah Davis each scored 10, putting all four seniors in double-figure scoring. Sinclair was the scoring leader with 23, and ninth-grader Nik Graves added 7 points, five assists and three steals. Friday night’s game vs. Ravenscroft will be for a piece of first place in the TISAC and a probable top-four seed in the upcoming state tournament.

Looking ahead to next week, both basketball teams are at Cary Academy on Tuesday night, while the girls will host Saint Mary’s on Thursday. The swim teams will compete in the TISAC meet in Cary on Jan. 31. With only a few weeks left in the season, we hope you can come out and support our winter athletes, starting with Friday’s Middle School Night at the CavDome. Thank you, as always, for your support of DA athletics!

Keeping up with the Cavs

As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the DA App: Schedules and Results

  • For a list of all teams, their schedules and directions to games, visit
  • Click on an individual team to subscribe to automatic alerts about athletics results, postponements and cancellations, calendar and athletic event reminders. You can also import team schedules into your electronic calendars.
  • For a recap of athletics results and scores, visit
  • All information about the daily athletics schedule is also available on DA’s Athletics Hotline: 919-489-2534 (ext. 5).

The DA App: Schedules and Results

  • The DA App allows you to keep up with athletics wherever you are. You can download the app from iTunes at The DA App pulls athletics content directly from the DA website and delivers it to iOS-based devices including iPhone and iPad.
  • The Athletics portion of the DA App (after launching, click Menu, then click Athletics to open) features results of recent games, a list of upcoming contests and team records.